Office: Barnard 260C
The study of astronomy not only gives pleasure but is also extremely useful. And no one can deny that it admirably reveals the wisdom of God. Therefore, clever men who expend their labor upon it are to be praised and those who have ability and leisure ought not to neglect work of that kind. ---John Calvin
Through a NASA Supplemental Education and Public Outreach award, Scott Wiessinger has produced a 14-minute film called Rocket Scientists (click here for download options). The film explores the transition from high school to college, and shows students becoming involved in cutting edge scientific research with the MOSES rocket mission. Do you want to be a rocket scientist?
The MSU news office produced a movie about the MOSES rocket [4MB] [10MB].
SNHF student Scott Wiessinger produced a movie about coronal mass ejections [10MB] [40MB], featuring Piet Martens and me.
The main focus of my current research is the Multi-Order Solar EUV Spectrograph (MOSES), an EUV instrument that is capable of simultaneous imaging and spectroscopy over a wide field of view. MOSES launched successfully on February 8, 2006 from White Sands Missile Range.
Here is my vita.
A presentation to our REU students: Nearly everything I need to know about Observing the Sun I learned from Halliday and Resnick.
|The background is a SOHO EIT He II 304 Å image of the Sun with a large, twirling prominence taken on February 12, 2001. Prominences are clouds of relatively cool dense plasma suspended magnetically in the Sun's hot, thin corona. Prominences can erupt and break away from the Sun's atmosphere. This image shows ionized helium at a temperature of about 60,000 K. Here is a more viewable image.|
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2012